Joy in June -- part 2, a Joy list and intentions

It's Monday and I want to keep up with my Joy lists and I wanted to share a few intentions for this month because one of them is that I plan not to blog as frequently or be on my computer as much as I have been. That was an intention for last month, too, but blogging my painting adventures kind of killed that idea. But it's a new month and I'm ready for a fresh start.

Yesterday or perhaps the day before this clematis started blooming. It's in the circle garden in the center of the main part of the yard. When I first planted it a few years ago I managed to cut off the main growing stem when I was trying to get rid of the ugly plastic trellis that came in the pot from the nursery. I felt awful, but the plant didn't seem to mind. It just put out more growth and even did flower that year. Now it always grows up, up, up -- much taller than the support I bought for it -- and is full of flowers. Sometimes when the worst happens, it isn't really the worst. And often we are much more resilient than we think we are.

I guess that's where Joy comes in. Joy is a way of being resilient. Joy is what nurtures us into new growth. Joy is what causes us to bloom. Last June and the months that followed were very difficult for me. I don't want to write about that, but I do want to write about how focusing on Joy helped me to come back to myself. It wasn't easy and it wasn't instantaneous, but it did happen.

"The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination."
                                         --Marion Zimmer Bradley

I want to travel that hopeful road. I want to travel with Joy as my companion. What about you?

  • sitting in the kitchen drinking coffee, eating cheese and reading Le Road Trip
  • spending time in my studio
  • playing with fabric and sewing (finally!)
  • spending time with friends and discovering that a new friend really is a kindred spirit
  • roses, roses and more roses (and other garden goodness, too)
  • finishing my quilt and dreaming of the next one


This month my plan is to go a little easier on myself. To take things one moment at a time and to enjoy each one. I want to follow my Joy, spending more time reading. I want to work on the sewing projects that have been piling up and cross more things off my project to-do list. I want to spend more time in my studio and I want to repaint it and re-organize it. I want to finally pick a paint color and paint my cabinet, too (choosing colors is proving VERY hard for me to do! For my studio and for the cabinet!). I want to work in the garden and spend some time lying in the shade with the dogs, too. I want to paint and work in my sketchbook and do some writing, too.

Maybe I don't have enough hours in the day to do all I want to do during the month of June, but I'm going to try my best.

Before I dash off to work on another project, I wanted to share my finished quilt. I am SO excited about  it! You might remember how work was stalled back when I sewed into my finger. I also wrote about it here and here, which shows you just how long it's taken me to finish. I started it way back in March. March 2011, that is!

I always like to do something interesting for the back of my quilts. The first time I did it out of necessity; I didn't have a wide enough piece of fabric, so I patched something together instead. I really love the back of this one.

And looking at the back... you can see that I quilted it! For real. Usually I don't do much quilting (if any) on my patchwork blankets. I was just going to do a couple lines in the center of this one, but once I got going, I didn't want to stop. When I finished it, I just wanted to jump around the room dancing! Joy and then some!

What's bringing you Joy today?


  1. The quilt is gorgeous Anne. I love the colour combinations and the added detail to the back. I am looking forward to joy in June and have already made my book. I just need to get writing in it now. I hope others will join you in your Joy Every Day!

  2. Congratulations on completing your lovely quilt! The colors and patterns appeal to me just as a flower garden would, except this one keeps the smiles going in winter too. Summer is a great time for easing up and enjoying the long days. My advice is to start slow and taper off :)

  3. Dearest sweet anne, i am loving your joy list so much and i love your idea of taking it slow and enjoying every little bit of it! Your flowers are blooming so beautifully. Congratz on finishing up your gorgeous quilt!! It's really soo very beautiful! Have a lovely merry happy mid-week and love to you!

  4. The quilt is really lovely.
    I can understand how less computer time = more craft/fun time but don't go!

  5. Hi Anne!
    Your rose is fantastic! And I like your quilt!!
    I tried once, but it needs lot of patience...and I don't have lot of it yet!! ..I'll learn!! :)

  6. Anne, I'm sorry I've been lagging in my comments - thank you for yours on my blog. Your blog is a joy to go through. I pinned your clematis and roses on my Pinterest page, your quilt is just beautiful and I love your collection of paintings from May. I think that Joy as a companion is a wonderful goal to have. I wish you much joy!

  7. So much beauty to be found in this joy filled post :-) The clematis is beautiful & I love the life lesson you've shared from the experience of its early days. And your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! I wish (again) you were nearby and we could sit quilting together - but here would be the catch, you'd need to teach me how first :-))

    My joy this week has come from other people and the wonderful community of friends & neighbours we've shared Birthday/Queen's Jubilee/Olympic Torch celebrations with. And from the art journal swap especially when I saw what Tammy created in my journal - it was so beautiful that I became tearful with happiness (I know I'm a sap)! Its fab to connect with people all over the world through our shared love of creative joy :-) I could never have guessed when I started blogging that it would lead to life changing inspirational connections with so many wonderful people. Anyhow, I talk about this on my blog & have put quotes in my latest art journal pages on there that go with this sentiment. I think I may make some art cards with these sort of sentiments on.

    Okay, enough already with taking up novel sized room in your comment box.

    Always a pleasure to visit your blog (its kinda like visiting you) :-)

    Kat Xx


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